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May 18, 2013 - 8:51 am
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President Obama continues to insist that he first became aware of his IRS targeting conservative groups a week ago Friday when the news first broke.

This, despite the fact that his White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, had been informed of the probe on April 22. And despite the fact, as the New York Times reports, that officials in his Treasury Department knew in March that tea party groups had been targeted.

The inspector general gave Republicans some fodder Friday when he divulged that he informed the Treasury’s general counsel he was auditing the I.R.S.’s screening of politically active groups seeking tax exemptions on June 4, 2012. He told Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin “shortly after,” he said. That meant Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.

The disclosure last summer came as part of a routine briefing of the investigations that the inspector general would be conducting in the coming year, and he did not tell the officials of his conclusions that the targeting had been improper, he said.

Treasury officials stressed they did not know the results until March 2013, when the inspector presented a draft.

So the administration knew in March — a month before it was previously believed the administration had knowledge of the impropriety of the targeting program — that the president had a monumental political problem on his hands.

And yet no one bothered to tell him? His newly minted Treasury secretary claims he knew “in mid March” of the IG’s probe but says he didn’t get any of the details until a week ago Friday:

“I learned the substance of this report last Friday when it became a matter of public knowledge,” Lew said. “Before that, in mid March, I had had a conversation, just a getting-to-know-you conversation, with the inspector general right after I started, and he went through a number of items that were matters they were working on. And the topic of a project on the 501(c)3 [sic] issue was one of the things he briefed me was ongoing.

“I didn’t know any of the details of it until last Friday. When I learned about it — from the moment I learned about it, I was outraged,” he added.

Yes, yes, Jackie, I’m sure your were “outraged.” But perhaps you can explain how some of your underlings knew of the “results” of the IG probe at the same time you claim to be in the dark about the “details” of the investigation?

Instead of answering that, or any other question, Treasury flaks issued a statement that answers a question nobody is asking:

“Treasury strongly supports the independent oversight of its three inspectors general, and it does not interfere in ongoing I.G. audits,” the department said in a statement Friday evening.

Nobody wants to know if Treasury “interfered” in the IG audit. Nobody asked that question. But it sure sounds good, doesn’t it?

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Obama fundamentally transforms America:

There was a time when the IRS acted against Al Capone. Now, under Obama, the IRS acts like Al Capone.

There was a time when the FBI investigated crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the FBI investigates for a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the ATF stopped Gun Running Gangs. Now, under Obama, the ATF is a Gun Running Gang.

There was a time when the TSA protected women at airports. Now, under Obama, the TSA molests women at airports.

There was a time when people in India dreamed of coming to America to get Health Care. Soon now, under Obama, people in America will dream of going to India to get Health Care.

Martin Luther King: “I have a dream”.
Barack Hussein Obama: “I am a nightmare”.

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
BHO: “Screw you and your God damned country!”
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Lying liars and the lies they lie. Nero-Obama plays his fiddle and laughs while the democrat quislings scurry about.

Well life in the House is kinda laid back
Ain't nothing an old liberal like me can't hack
Early to lie, media got my back
Thank God I'm a Liberal
1 year ago
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Trying to preserve his increasingly implausible "plausible deniability."

Which is of course a calculated lie originated by political operatives hoping they could shield the guy at the top of the food chain from the very same responsibility he spent years of his life and millions of other people's dollars seeking.
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It's really too late for Obama to "come clean" if he indeed knew anything.

Perhaps the real scandal is that it is entirely possible he didn't. He went about the country accusing Tea Party people and conservatives of all sorts of shady dealings, Democrats including Senators pressured IRS to investigate conservative groups for violations, and most IRS agents are part of a union closely aligned with the Democratic Party. The Boss says it publicly, does he need to send you a memo.

It's what Chris Matthews calls a "dog whistle."
1 year ago
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Obama is not doing himself any favors by lying about his knowledge of the IRS scandal. Either he is a coward who wants to blame others for his misdeeds, or he is so stupid and incompetent that he can't control his own minions. Either way it looks bad in the eyes of the public, very bad.
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Very startling article from a rather leftist blog but he almost sounds conservative. Worth a read:

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_23274528/doug-mcintyre-obama-holder-would-have-been-right?source=JBarTicker
1 year ago
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Obama fundamentally transforms America:

There was a time when the IRS acted against Al Capone. Now, under Obama, the IRS acts like Al Capone.

There was a time when the FBI investigated crime syndicates. Now, under Obama, the FBI investigates for a crime syndicate.

There was a time when the ATF stopped Gun Running Gangs. Now, under Obama, the ATF is a Gun Running Gang.

There was a time when the TSA protected women at airports. Now, under Obama, the TSA molests women at airports.

There was a time when people in India dreamed of coming to America to get Health Care. Soon now, under Obama, people in America will dream of going to India to get Health Care.

Martin Luther King: “I have a dream”.
Barack Hussein Obama: “I am a nightmare”.

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
BHO: “Screw you and your God damned country!”
1 year ago
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Of course Obama didn't know anything about this scandal - in mid April the NBA playoffs were about to get underway - he HAD to adjust his schedule to fit the TV schedule - then there was those next 5 golf outings that require rigorous planning - then there is the summer vacation he and his Belle Mechelle are trying to decide on where to go. The man obviously has a lot on his plate. Give him a break!
1 year ago
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Didn't he have to fit the Memphis soul concert in there, too, you know, the one with Al Green?
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The election was stolen from Romney by the Obama-run IRS. Obama and his minions started the harassment in 2010, with full knowledge of the Prez.

Of course, that is what some historian will write in a book in about 50 years, after all these dudes are long gone.
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It not so much that the brat isn't in the know; rather it's that he has informed all his Marxist czars that he doesn't want to know. That way he has plausible deniability. Yep, the most ineffective, lead from behind clown to hit spin city east since ever.
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Nobody tells Obambus nothing but his tee times.

But that doesn't matter right now, having the IRS interfere with political opponents is one of the icons of American political life. You should fire everybody involved if they knew about it, of course. You should also fire everybody involved if they DIDN'T know about it, because they SHOULD have known about it. If it takes place, it blows up the entire regime. Or should, if we were healthy, wise, or just lucky.
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And the Old Media keeps saying, "well, Nixon did it too." But Nixon had enough sense, class and self-esteem to step down, rather than continue to tarnish the office of the presidency with more lies that every American who is paying attention can see right through.
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